Herman’s House

I saw the Trailer for Herman’s House at The Feast Conference yesterday. I absolutely need to see this movie. It is a feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.

In 1972, New Orleans native Herman Joshua Wallace (b. 1941) was serving a 25-year sentence for bank robbery when he was accused of murdering an Angola Prison guard and thrown into solitary confinement. Many believed him wrongfully convicted. Appeals were made but Herman remained in jail and—to increasingly widespread outrage—in solitary. Years passed with one day much like the next. Then in 2001, Herman received a perspective-shifting letter from a Jackie Sumell, a young art student, who posed the provocative question:

“What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nince-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?”

Thus began an inspired creative dialogue, unfolding over hundreds of letters and phone calls and yielding a multi-faceted collaborative project that includes the exhibition “The House That Herman Built.”

Here’s a list of upcoming screenings.

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  1. Went to the HFF screening this morning, thanks to your tip. Would love to hear your take on it, after you see it.

  2. The documentary that they offer here is so good. So much good insight that they offer with the great artists here. I see a lot of great work in this film here. Free Online Games

  3. I hope you have had a chance to see the film now that it is playing in NY. I’d like to hear you opinion of it.

    My design studio, MAISON ORION, is working with Jackie to see that when built, the home will be realized in faithfulness to Herman’s vision. You can read more on our website at http://maison-orion.com/projects/the-house-that-herman-built/